SaxaVord Spaceport CEO Thinks The UK Forgot About Them28th Sep 2021
Frank Strang, of SaxaVord Spaceport, has expressed his disappointment over the awareness and financial support that the spaceport has received, noting that other such projects have taken the bulk of the lion’s share.
The UK’s overlooked space hub – the SaxaVord Spaceport in Shetlands
The UK has made some serious advances in the battle over Space supremacy with new satellites, numerous engine upgrades to existing rockets, and at least three separate spaceports in construction, including the forgotten SaxaVord Spaceport in the Shetlands. Chief Executive, Frank Strang, has come forward with his worry that the UK has overlooked how important the spaceport is to the future of Britain’s space economy.
It’s surprising that little funding and awareness are sent over to SaxaVord Spaceport, considering SaxaVord is home to the Pathfinder program. For those not in the loop, the Pathfinder program is the government’s launch initiative that received praise and financial backing from Lockheed Martin, a giant in the aerospace industry.
Strang spoke openly at the New Enlightenment Summit, held near Braemar
The event was attended by experts in the field of artificial intelligence, engineering, biochemistry, biodiversity, space, and medicine. Many of the key speakers and attendees were Noble Laureates. Even the Lerwick Up Helly Aa Jarl squad showed up.
Strang took the opportunity to praise SaxaVord Spaceport in Shetlands for opening new job opportunities for the community. He pointed out that Shetland has been a frontier, stimulating the economy with oil rig decommissioning, aquaculture, and space. He believes the UK is in the position to ‘ride the new space wave, but it is important not to lose this opportunity.
SaxaVord Spaceport in Shetlands is preparing to launch a suborbital mission from Unst early next year, with the first orbital mission scheduled for early autumn.